My Feed Title Sample Blog Description 2017-05-27T14:00:00+02:00 Ayepad Making money – report May 2017 2017-05-27T14:00:00+02:00 2017-05-27T14:00:00+02:00

Ok, so as one of my ideas with this blog was to actually let people know how it goes when you set up an “Artist” from scratch online, with all that it entails, and then start publishing music in the sense that you release it on most music services available in the world, I figured it could also be of interest to let you know, 5 months into it, how it is panning out money wise. Just to be clear: I have not had any goal set for making money on my music (as outlined in a previous post), and given that my music isn’t radio music per se I didn’t even have any hopes of it making money. Nevertheless, I now have made some money from it, so I figured I should let you know what/how much etc.

Basically I have two music artists: AyePad (which is the site you are currently reading this on I guess), where I make electronic music. I also have (re-)released our old band Clench/Thrash Inc’s two albums. We basically played Thrash/Groove Metal in the late 90’s, the reason I wanted to (re-)release it was more for our kids: All the members in the band are fathers these days, and our kids are now reaching the age where they are curious about “dads old band” etc. As the band was active before Internet and digital cameras had been invented, and most definitely before services like Spotify existed, I figured it was time to archive it somewhere online.

The nitty-gritty

Anyways, I have 3 songs released with AyePad, and we have 22 songs (over 2 albums) released with Clench/Thrash Inc. The earnings so far during this year is as follows:

  • AyePad: Spotify (Jan-March) plays: $52. All other services, combined: $0.
  • Clench/Thrash Inc: Spotify (Jan-March) plays: $0. Bandcamp: $32 (name your own price). All other services, combined: $0.

Not enough to buy an island in a tropical country just yet. Also, the $32 from Clench/Thrash Inc is to be split between 5 people. In reality though it will be beer money (which we currently have to add quite a bit to) when we have a party this summer.

Verified Artist by Spotify 2017-05-04T11:00:00+02:00 2017-05-04T11:00:00+02:00

Yay. Today, after a couple of months since releasing my first songs on Spotify, I received an e-mail from Spotify saying I’m now a “verified artist”. When I, for 1st of January this year (2017), decided to finally start releasing songs, as in having them published and purchase-able in iTunes, Google Play, Amazon etc as well as streamed over Spotify, Tidal et al, I had no idea about the concept of “verified artist”.

Then a friend of mine, DJ Puzzle (do check his stuff out, great stuff, a million loops and an awesome guy too), started a thread in the iPad Musician Facebook group, where we traded “follows” in an attempt to get more followers overall and consequently become verified.

Benefits of being verified on Spotify

Apparently there are a couple of benefits with being verified:

  • You get a blue checkmark on your artist profile, which shows you are…umm…verified.
  • You can create playlists that will count towards your following and plays, and thus if you market your playlists it can increase traffic on your profile. Or something like that.
  • You can edit your artist profile artwork.
  • I can pick a featured song that I’d like to promote for 14 days (and then I can make another pick I guess).

Now, I don’t know how it happened, but I have always been able to edit my images since the first e-mail from Spotify of being accepted as an artist, so that hasn’t really changed. The playlist thing sounds interesting and I shall have to explore that a bit, and the checkmark is always good I guess.

Email from Spotify

Verified artist on spotify

So, this now means I can have a “widget” in my sidebar (that’d be the area on the right of this text) where you can follow me as an artist, which I indeed would appreciate if you did.

Other than that I have been quite quiet due to writing new music. I have also kept myself busy with setting up the platform for all my sites, which includes this site and another 14 sites, which I might write another post on later.

Temporal Field published 2017-02-20T14:55:00+01:00 2017-02-20T14:55:00+01:00

Temporal Field is the third song I’ve published on various services. This is more of a soft lounge Jazz/Chillax song.

Apart from being able to stream it on Spotify, you can buy it on

  • Bandcamp
  • iTunes / Apple Music
  • Google Play
  • Amazon
  • Also on a bunch of other places I don’t have the direct link to, such as Pandora, Deezer, Tidal, YouTube, Microsoft Groove, ClaroMusica, MediaNet. Just search for “Ayepad” and you’ll find it.
Offroad Released 2017-02-15T14:55:00+01:00 2017-02-15T14:55:00+01:00

OffRoad, my second song released on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Google Play, Amazon, Bandcamp etc. Go check it out! 🙂
If the previous song, Looking Back, was more of ambient style, OffRoad has more of a beat to it.

New favourite spammer target 2017-01-03T14:55:00+01:00 2017-01-03T14:55:00+01:00

As I have had all my old personal social media accounts for quite some time, I also have had time to set them up properly with filters for all kinds of junk that is out there, as there is lots of it.

Now, for Ayepad, setting everything up again as fresh accounts without filtering or spam control (yet), I re-learn exactly how much spam it is out there. My inbox, both in mail and in Twitter, are just filling up with spammers telling me that if I only sign up with them and their service (which obviously cost money to sign up for) I will be spending most of my days afterwards counting my money, due to eager and happy new fans that will have not only found my music, but also happily pay for it. Only by signing up with these services will I make it. They say. I’m sceptical.

Firstly, I’m not doing music under any illusion of tremendous riches or world domination coming my way anytime soon. It isn’t that I am not ambitious as a person, most people who have worked with me know I have made a great career within my day profession, and that was after a couple of years in a full-time band where we did, and tried, pretty much everything, and took it as far as you can take it without actually making it.

No, my view on my music today is that it is quite fringe and extreme, in it’s quite relaxed way. It isn’t mainstream radio music, nor will it ever be (unless radio changes). I don’t mind. I don’t care actually. No music I have ever been involved in has been “music for the masses” in any case.

I make music to get it out of my head. It just bubbles up and stays there for forever, locking my creative process on so many levels (music, photography, drawing etc) I have to make my music to off-load the burden and to clear my head. If people like it, fine. If they don’t, fine. I know other musicians saying that, and don’t really mean it, as they still hope to break-through or whatever. I do believe it though. If nothing else, these days I have other sources of income, and can be quite relaxed about my music creation. It would be great if people like it, and share it, spread it, whatever, but I totally understand if they don’t. Regardless, I still need to make it to function as a person.

Social Media for musicians 2017-01-02T14:55:00+01:00 2017-01-02T14:55:00+01:00

Continuing on my post from yesterday regarding publishing music and setting up social media profiles, so far on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube along with getting the music on to various stores/services, I ended that post asking if there was something I was missing.

“Official” or “TheReal”

It was suggested that I quickly secure either/both of the handles on various services that include “official” and/or “thereal” (like “ayepadofficial”), for the event of my future world domination.
Due to current politicians currently using “thereal” I felt I didn’t want to be lumped together with that, so I have now settled for “ayepadoffical”. This goes for Twitter, Instagram and YouTube (where it turns into two words, i.e. “Ayepad Official”).


As hinted to above, having had a bunch of replies back it was suggested I ensure I have Bandcamp (which I already do), Soundcloud (which I also have). There was also a suggestion of Instagram. I figured it could be worth trying it out, to see how easy/complicated it would be to have two Instagram accounts (as I already have one, for me as a person).

It turns out that it really is quite simple. I went to the Instagram web site and created a new account, after having logged out of my “regular” account.
In my iOS Instagram apps, if I scroll the settings ALL the way to the bottom, I get an option to sign-out etc, but just above that there is a button saying “add account”, which I did. I also, within the iOS app, could link it to Facebook and ensure it only syncs to the Ayepad artist page on Facebook and nothing else (like any other pages I already manage, or my personal account). Done deal. Switching between accounts is a easy as folding down the name (top center) and pick which account you want to use for sharing with.

Now I have to work out what I can take photos off that are of interest and still related to my music creation, which in all honesty, most often happens in a dark basement in front of electronic gear…I’m thinking it could get quite boring quite quickly unless I think something up. You can check out my new Instagram account here, or you can “Like” the Ayepad Facebook page if you would like to see the photos I share.

Looking Back – Published Music 2017-01-01T14:55:00+01:00 2017-01-01T14:55:00+01:00

So, I’ve finally gotten done what I’ve been thinking I should do the last few years: actually publish music. Publish in the sense of putting music out there for sale, and for streaming, on the major services for those purposes. I had always held back as I was thinking “I should compose a good/great album first and THEN release it”, but was told by friends “that is not how it works these days, just release your songs, do the rest later”. So I did, if nothing else to see if I could turn it all into a sort of experiment, where I can document how it works, both for myself and my own entertainment, but perhaps also for the benefit for someone else. I basically took a song that I had lying around, for which I also had a “cover” image done (which is a requirement).

This is what I’ve done so far:


Having compared a couple of services for publishing music I decided to go for Distrokid. Basically the price ($20/year for unlimited uploads) along with pretty relaxed rules in general, without dependency on anyone else for me personally, made me decide for it. For now, it seems perfect. Simple sign-up process, where you basically need an e-mail account and a credit card.


I figured I should take it even further: I release my music under the artist name “Ayepad” (like in, and thus figured it would make sense if I also separated out all the music related stuff from my personal accounts for social media. Remember, those “old” accounts are the ones I have accumulated over years, working in Digital Marketing/Strategy companies, often being the test-pilot for any and all new social media services that launch. I have lots of friends on all of them, and many of them couldn’t care less about my music. So I signed up for a new Twitter account. Sadly, “Ayepad” was already taken, so I had to settle for “Ayepadded“ “Ayepad Official”.

Getting a Twitter account is dead easy, and it is also quite easy to manage both my personal account and my new Ayepadded account within the same iOS app. The only problem I had was with the verification e-mails never arriving, and so I had to try a couple of addresses. They might have had a glitch I guess.


All Twitter-ed up I also figured I need to have a presence on Facebook for Ayepad. It is all really basic stuff, but you can find me here on Facebook. Please press “Like” if you feel inclined to do so.

Setting up a page on Facebook can be done from your regular account, and you can choose which “user” you are when you are posting on it. I also connected Twitter with Facebook, so any tweets I do from my Ayepadded Twitter accound will sync with that particular Facebook page, only, not with my personal timeline, and also not for...